Hey, Fellow Dreamers...

    Wonder where it all began? Here's me in my New York studio back in 2001. Eating chick peas from a can, showering at the Y, and nurturing my creative vision. Just look at how earnestly I'm writing in my sketchbook... awwwww baby artist.

    The romanticized image of the starving artist paying their dues was in full effect. I thought this was the path to stardom but honestly it was rough. The rats, the break-ins and the uncertainty were hard, but hey, I was young and living it up in New York. The museums, cool art shows, great after-parties and an amazing group of friends supporting each other made the lows more bearable. I found myself leaving the city more and more, taking the Q Line out to Rockaway Beach so I could watch the surfers and feel the Atlantic air on my face. Eventually I felt the need to stay closer to my source of inspiration and came home to the vast wilderness of Canada.

    I'm still painting from that same source of inspiration today.

    This studio was in an old factory building called Crane Street Studios that housed hundreds of artists.

    The building itself was a graffiti mural mecca where artists from around the world came to paint the walls.

    You can see the early stages of my current forest pieces here.

    If that orange piece was flipped, I'd be pretty close to some of my current ocean pieces.

    Looking very adult in my home studio in Toronto.

    These three piece made recently definitely have their roots in my old New York 2001 pieces.

    Life today with my favourite people (and dog).

    A special shout out to Bau-Xi Gallery! They have represented my work for the last 13 years and given me 18 solo shows between Toronto and Vancouver. Forever grateful for this wonderful team!


    My work focuses on the changeable relationship we have with nature. Oceans and forests are idealized, radiating an inner light that burns. This heightened effect corresponds to our own yearning for more, wanting to be at one with nature, to control it, to be moved by it, to tame it.


    As a waterman and the son of a sailor, I’ve spent a lot of time on the waters of the west coast. I know these waters, and yet I can never really know them. The ocean is an endless variety of movement, light and feeling. We can see ourselves in its vastness and depths, its calm and its torrents. Water reflects back to us our inner worlds and emotions.


    In my latest depictions of the sea, I have re-cast the ocean as subject and zoomed in on one small section of turbulent water, using contemporary techniques to distill ocean crashes into gesture and form so that we can feel the full impact and chaos of the untamed sea. I use a golden glow to represent the human spirit, depicting it as an extension of nature itself, inseparable from the beautiful chaos of these waves. The vastness of the water reflects the vastness of ourselves - these pieces are both inner and outer landscape.


    I'm a Canadian artist with work featured internationally in galleries, art fairs, magazines, tv programs and many private collections. I am based in Toronto, Canada and work with a great team of galleries across Canada and US that exhibit and sell my work to clients around the world.


    Steven Nederveen